Nutrition Action Healthletter
Center for Science in the Public InterestApril 2001 — U.S. Edition 
Right Stuff Food Porn
Just Imagine...

   Finding a packaged cream soup that’s low in sodium and that tastes great is next to impossible. Make that was. Imagine Soups manage to pull off the minor miracle.

   The secret to making a delicious full-flavored creamy soup? Organic vegetables simmered with spices, then puréed with a little soy milk or rice flour for thickening. The result: Creamy Broccoli, Tomato, Potato Leek, Sweet Corn, Portobello Mushroom, or Butternut Squash.

   The vegetarian heat-and-eat soups come in shelf-stable cartons, so they don’t need to be refrigerated until you open them. And they average just 380 milligrams of sodium per cup. That’s worlds better than canned soups like Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom (900 mg). It even beats Campbell’s Healthy Request line (which averages 460 mg).

   And the vegetables are chock full of vitamins. Example: A cup of the Creamy Butternut Squash has enough squash to supply 70 percent of a day’s vitamin A (the Creamy Broccoli has 60 percent and the Creamy Tomato has 20 percent).

   Imagine Organic No-Chicken Broth and Organic Vegetable Broth are two other winners—oodles of flavor yet just 460 mg of sodium per cup (you won’t find a rich-tasting broth with less).

   Imagine the possibilities.

Imagine Foods: (650) 595-6300.
Eye Popper

   “With today’s concern about nutrition, the opportunity to make a choice is more important than ever,” says Burger King’s Web site.

   What may be “more important than ever” is to choose to eat somewhere else...especially if you’re thinking of trying the company’s two BK Cravers.

   The new additions are nothing more than fatty cheese (mozzarella for the Mozzarella Sticks and cheddar for the Jalapeño Poppers) encased in a deep-fried coating. They come in four-piece packs with dipping sauce on the side.

   Four pieces may not look like much, but wait ’til you see the damage: The Sticks and their Marinara Sauce deliver 310 calories, 16 grams of fat (six of them saturated), and 950 milligrams of sodium. The Poppers and their Ranch Sauce pack 350 calories, 26 grams of fat (seven of them saturated), and 890 milligrams of sodium.

   That makes them as bad for your waistline and blood pressure as eight strips of bacon. And they’re even worse than bacon for your heart, since Burger King’s sat fat numbers don’t include the artery-clogging trans fat in its breading and its frying oil.

   We suggest you take Burger King’s Web site to heart...and “make a choice.”

   You know what it is.

Burger King: (305) 378-353
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